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Stephen William Weber

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Stephen William Weber

Age 80, died June 11, 2012 after a long illness.

Stephen was born October 09, 1931 in Weston, the only son of the late Katheryn Stephane Tierney and Louis Paul Weber.

Stephen graduated from St. Patrick’s Catholic High School. He earned his degree in economics with honors from West Virginia University in 1954.

After college, Stephen served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in Germany.

In 1959, Stephen returned home and married the former Sylvia Garrett, whom he had met during his time at WVU. The couple settled in Charleston and moved to Teays Valley in 1975.

Stephen worked as an insurance adjuster for the General Adjustment Bureau, which later merged with the Continental Corp and was acquired by CNA Financial Corp. Stephen retired as a supervising adjuster during the 1980s.

Stephen was known as a quiet, gentle man who loved his family. He enjoyed vegetable gardening and cultivating flowers and was known for his wry sense of humor.

Stephen is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sylvia; daughter, Anne and her husband, Lance Schmidt of Erlanger, KY; son, Paul Weber and his wife Kim, of Charleston; and their children, Katy and Wilson; and son, Stephen and his wife, Stephanie, of Falls Church, VA; and their children, Lauren and Jared.

Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 AM Friday, June 15, St. Agnes Catholic Church, 4807 Staunton Ave S.E., Charleston, with Father Chris Turner officiating.

Visitation was held at Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, 1118 Virginia Street, Charleston, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday, June 14, 2012.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be donated to Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Blvd., West, Charleston, WV or St. Agnes Catholic Church, 4807 Staunton Ave., SE. Charleston, WV 25304.

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

Joyce Virginia Hartley Daugherty

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Joyce Virginia Hartley Daugherty

Age 70, of Lost Creek, WV passed away on Friday, June 22, 2012 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Roanoke, WV on March 26, 1942: daughter of the late Russell M. Hartley and Mary C. (Finster) Hartley.

On September 30, 1963, she married David N. Daugherty, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters: Becky (Marvin) Harold of Clarksburg, Julie (Christopher) Yearego of Buckhannon and Ann McGrath of Virginia beach, VA and three sons: Matthew Daugherty, Michael (Emily) Daugherty, and Jeremy (Desiree) Daugherty all of Clarksburg. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Ryan Harold, Benjamin McGrath, Elijah McGrath, Sarah Yearego, Jordan Daugherty, Daniel Yearego, and Gabby Daugherty and one great grandson: Vincent Harold. Mrs. Daugherty is also survived two brothers: Jacob Hartley of Jane Lew and Arnett Hartley of Roanoke, two sisters: Clara Peggs of Buckhannon and Joan Murphy of Glenville, WV and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by one brother: Henry Hartley.

Mrs. Daugherty was co-owner of Homestead Scooters of Lost Creek. She was a graduate of Weston High School with the “Class of 1960”, graduate of Glenville State College in 1965 with an AB degree in Education with a major in home economics.

Joyce was a member of the Horizon Church of Lost Creek, where she was prayer leader.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Senior Pastor Quint Pitts of the Horizon Church of Lost Creek.

Interment will follow services in the Friendship IOOF Cemetery of Lewis County.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Joyce Virginia Hartley Daugherty.

Charles E. White

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Charles E. White

of Exchange, WV died June 16, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Hw was son of the late Ronzel and Gladys Carte White.

He was a Farmer and Timber man. He was in the Army, served in Vietnam.

Surviving Relatives: Sons, Randall and William both of Sutton, Daughter Belinda Rollyson of Sutton. Brother Dana White of Frametown, Sisters, Edna Zwoll of Orma, Janet Glessner of Buckhannon, Marie Collins of Frametown and 5 Grandchildren; Marie White, Richard White, America White, Patrick White, and Paul White and several nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by wife, Betty White.

Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, WV, in charge.

Graveside services with Military rights at the White Jarvis Cemetery on Upper Sleith.

Winifred Virginia Bowser

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Winifred Virginia Bowser

Age 100, of Parkersburg, WV died June 21, 2012, at her residence.

She was born April 09, 1912 in Calhoun County,WV, a daughter of the late Alta Bowser Hopkins and Park Bowser.

She lived most of her life in Parkersburg, where she taught piano for several years. She retired from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services and also worked for the Bowser Gas and Oil Company, serving as Vice President.

She was also a member of First Lutheran Church and was an avid bingo player and a life-long animal lover.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Schmidt and Mary Bickel, and brothers, Paul Bowser, Bernard Bretney Bowser, and Owen Bowser.

She is survived by nieces, Ann Bailey, Jane Pritchard, Sally Craig and Sue Bowser; nephew, Bob Bickel; loyal friends and neighbors, Linda and Roger Green; and close friend and hospice nurse, John Snider III.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Amedisys Hospice and Comfort Keepers, especially Nicole, Lynn, Denise and Delores.

There will be no visitation.

Graveside services was Friday, 4:00 PM at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Reverend G.T. Schramm officiating.

Nelson Edward “Eddie” Bailey

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Nelson Edward “Eddie” Bailey

Age 34 of Cox’s Mills, WV departed this life suddenly at 9:29 PM Wednesday June 20, 2012 on Sangtown Road (Ritchie County)as a result of an ATV accident.

He was born on February 15, 1978 in Parkersburg, West Virginia, son of Carlous B. and Priscilla Davidson Bailey.

Eddie was a graduate of Gilmer County High School class of 1997. He worked at FCI Gilmer as a Guard and enjoyed hunting with a special interest in rabbit hunting. He was a member of the Mountain State Beagle Association, Fraternal Order of Police, National Rifle Association,  4H All Star, FFA.

He was a Protestant by faith.

Eddie was a wonderful father, son, brother, partner and friend. He was loved and adored by all who knew him and will be greatly missed by numerous cousins and friends.

Along with his parents, Eddie is survived by (fiancée) Heather McCown and their 2 sons Hunter and Paden of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia.

Also surviving are; (3 brothers) “Little” Carlous Bailey and wife Hope of Cox’s Mills; Roger Osborne and wife Annette of Charleston, West Virginia; and Bruce Osborne and wife Tressie of Brunswick, Ohio.

He is survived by 3 nephews and 2 nieces; Shane Moyers, and wife Tracy of Wilsie, West Virginia; Tyler Moyers, wife Brandy and son Daniel of Cox’s Mill, WV; Daniel Adams and wife Erin of Troy, West Virginia; Jessica Goodrich, husband Steve and son Trayton of Normantown, West Virginia; and Aunna Osborne of Charleston, WV.

Also surviving is Paternal Grandfather Chester Bailey of Cox’s Mills.

He was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandmother Athilene Bailey, Maternal Grandfather Kenneth Davidson, and Maternal Grandparents Gladys and Roger Sutphin.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. Glenville West Virginia, at 1:00 PM, Sunday June 24, 2012 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Horn Creek Cemetery, Cox’s Mills WV.

Friends may call 4:00 to 8:00 PM Saturday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary is assisting the family of Nelson E. “Eddie” Bailey with arrangements.

Wesley Denver Beckner

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Wesley Denver Beckner

Age 82, of Parkersburg, WV went home to be with his Lord on June 21, 2012 with his family by his side at his son’s home in East Liverpool, Ohio.

Denver was born on January 20, 1930, in Ritchie County, WV, the son of the late George P. and Lillie Ellen (Lewis) Beckner.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Vonda Dawn (Palmer) Beckner in 2007.

Denver is survived by two sons, Denver K. and wife Wendy of Glenn Dale, Md. and Mark and wife Cheryl of East Liverpool, Ohio; one daughter, Susan Delong of Fort Myers Beach, FL; one brother, Charles (Jo Ann) Beckner of Lakeland, FlL; one sister, Patricia Marks of St. Clairsville, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Denver was a 1948 graduate of Parkersburg High School, where he was a State Champion on the wrestling team, a member of the track team and he also was a champion in West Virginia Golden Gloves boxing. After a tour in the United States Navy, Denver returned to Parkersburg where he worked construction and was a member of Local 132 of the Operating Engineers.

While living and working construction in Wheeling, Denver found a new love in horse racing. After a few years of on the job training at the track, he opened his own public stable and enjoyed traveling with his family throughout the east, running and winning races. Along with horse racing, Denver loved building and riding his Harley’s. At his home on 23rd Street, he was always building motorcycles and selling them when a new idea came along. He will be remembered and truly missed.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Vaughan Funeral Home, 1010 Murdoch Avenue, Parkersburg, WV with Rev. Chuck Furbee officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday, June 25, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Services will conclude with interment in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Mary Loretta Moore

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Mary Loretta Moore

Age 75, of Pennsboro, WV, Farley’s Run Community, passed away June 21, 2012 surrounded by her family.

She was born in Uniontown, WV, a daughter of the late James William Utt and Mary Ruby (Shreves) Utt.

Loretta worked at the Pineview Nursing Home in Harrisville and Economy Industries in Pennsboro, all while raising her family and working on her farm.

She was a member of the Mt. Olive Church of Christ.

She was a loving and caring person and her family and friends were most important to her. Her kitchen was always open to anyone stopping for Sunday dinner.

Surviving are three sons, Jim Utt of Wick, WV, Kenny Utt (Vickie) of Pennsboro and Mike Moore (Jan) of Paris, IL; brother, Don Utt (Mary) of Perrysburg, Ohio; sister, Imojean Horner of Akron, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, James R. Utt, Joseph R. Utt, Kenneth G. Davis, Glennda M. Roberts, Sara G. Lattea, Kenneth G. Utt, Jr., Michael P. Moore, Jr., Maranda M. Keister, Jamey C. Moore, Matthew W. Hawkins and Jordan K. Skiles; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Gay Utt.

Funeral services will be Sunday 2:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating.

Interment will follow on the family farm at the McFadden-Heaton Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Flo Marie Isner McCullough

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Flo Marie Isner McCullough

Age 90, of Washington, WV, passed away on June 20, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus, after an extended illness.

She was born November 03, 1921, in Ritchie County, WV and was the daughter of James Garfield and Grace Truman (Sinnett) Isner.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, A. Clifford (Cliff) McCullough; three brothers, Charles, Harmon (Tom) and Paul Isner; and two sisters, Wanita Swiger and Clara Wilson.

She is survived by her two sons, Gary (Misti) McCullough of Vincent, Ohio, Gregory (Kim) McCullough of Washington, W.Va.; two grandchildren, Ericha McCullough of Washington, WV, Miranda McCullough of Falls Church, VA; one great-grandchild, Sophia; and two sisters-in-law, Ruby Wilson of Harrisville, WV, and Mary Isner of Indianapolis, IN.

During WWII, Flo worked as a welder in the shipyards in San Francisco, CA, and then moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, to be with her husband Cliff while he supported war efforts in the shipyards there. After returning to West Virginia, she was a homemaker and enjoyed canning and crochet. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and dearly loved her cat Oscar.

Arrangements are pending at this time.

Gary Wayne “Toby” Conner

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Gary Wayne “Toby” Conner

Age 67, of 312 Broad Street Weston, WV passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 on Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness.

He was born in Glenville, WV on April 17, 1945: son of the late Lonnie Conner and Pearl (King) Conner Belknap Kerns.

On July 30, 1974, he married Betty Lee (Young) Conner, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters: Melody (Jack) Atchison of Weston, Lori (Randy) Fluharty of Big Springs and Mary Jamison and companion Mike Gould of Alum Bridge, one son: Clovis O. (Melissa) Ash, Jr. of Suffolk, VA and dear friend and caregiver: Jeffrey Tanley of Weston. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Jennifer Boggs, Brooke Atchison, Amanda Atchison, Casey Batiste, Nicole Bonner, Joshua Ash, Rachel Casada, April Briddick, Trinity Daly and Kenneth Casada, Jr. and several great grandchildren. Toby is also survived by one brother: Jimmy Kerns of Petersburg, VA, three sisters: Beverly Elliott of Weston, Jean Youngblood of Richmond, VA and Naomi Thoms of Powhatan, VA and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Conner was preceded in death by one grandson: Sean Michael Jamison, three brothers: Paul Belknap, Edward Belknap and Melvin Conner and two sisters: Manoka Smith and Nora “Polly” Jefferies.

Mr. Conner was a retired psychiatric aide with Weston State Hospital. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of the American Legion Post #166 of Jane Lew, WV.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Full military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Gary Wayne “Toby” Conner.

Manoka Ruth Smith

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Manoka Ruth Smith

Age 68, of 265 Hickory Hills Road Jane Lew, WV passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Holly River State Park following a sudden illness.

She was born in Glenville, WV on September 23, 1943: daughter of the late James Kerns and Viola Pearl (Conner) Kerns.

On December 04, 1961, she married Leonard “Jack” Smith, who survives.

She is also survived by three sons: Leonard Smith, Jr. of Parkersburg, David Smith of Jane Lew and Christopher (Kristie) Smith of Terra Alta and two grandchildren: Demi Smith and Jerrad Metz. Also surviving are two brothers: Toby Conner of Weston and Jimmy Kerns of Powhatan, VA, three sisters: Naomi Toms and Jean Youngblood both of Powhatan, VA and Beverly Elliott of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by three brothers: Paul Belknap, Edward Belknap, and Melvin Connor and one sister: Nora “Polly” Jefferies.

Mrs. Smith was a psychiatric aide at Weston State Hospital. She enjoyed camping, scrap booking, baking cakes, and working puzzles. Manoka enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Manoka Ruth Smith.

Kathleen M. Lunsford

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Kathleen M. Lunsford

Age 97, of Glenville, WV formerly of Troy, WV passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Sunbridge Nursing Home of Glenville following an extended illness.

She was born in Ritchie County, WV on May 29, 1915: daughter of the late Clel Adams and late step mother Byrd Adams.

In August of 1935, she married Ralph Lunsford, who preceded her in death on April 11, 1978.

Mrs. Lunsford is survived by one daughter-in-law: Sharon K. Lunsford of Auburn, WV, five grandchildren: Paula Hardbarger, Joan Lunsford Henline, Ralph Keith Lunsford, Jr., Joyce Ann Martin and Roascoe Herbert Henline, thirteen great grandchildren: Jessica, Melissa, Michelle, Tamara, Link, Shylia, Kiara, Destiny, Bentley, Kyley, Ryley, Jessica and Elizabeth and several great great grandsons. She is also survived by one sister: Artie Adams of Clarksburg and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ralph, Mrs. Lunsford was preceded in death by one son: Ralph Keith Lunsford, one foster son: Robert Brannon, three brothers: Wilmur, James and Elmer Adams and three sisters: Margie Adams Woofter, Eva Adams Sponaugle and Marie Moorhead Adams.

Kathleen was a homemaker.

She attended the Vadis United Methodist Church and was a member of the Midway Fire Department Auxillary of Vadis.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. main Avenue Weston on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel.

Interment will follow services in the Carder Cemetery of Vadis, WV.


Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Kathleen M. Lunsford.

Milton C. Smith

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Milton C. Smith

Age 85, of Spruce Creek, WV, died June 19, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Weston.

He was born at Spruce Creek on July 13, 1926, the last surviving son of the late Harvey and Georgia Bailey Smith.

Milton graduated from Harrisville High School and was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He worked in the garment factory in Harrisville, in the oil and gas industry and later retired from Union Carbide, Sistersville, all while farming his land.

He was a member of Harris-Ritchie Post 3554 VFW and Spruce Creek Baptist Church.

Milton is survived by his wife of 64-1/2 years, Juna G. Reed Smith; daughters, Sharon McCormick of Harrisville, and Rose Ann Smith of St. Marys; sons, Larry Smith of Parkersburg, Joe Smith of Auburn, Bill Smith of Sand Fork, WV, Paul Smith of Spruce Creek and Dave Smith of Tanner, WV; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sons, James and Ronny Smith; five brothers, Floyd, Albert, Bailey, Jack and Edward Smith; one sister, Mabel Morris; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV.

Burial will follow in the Spruce Creek Cemetery will full military rites by Harris-Ritchie Post 3554 VFW.

Friends may call at the funeral home, Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Philip Waggoner, Jr. “Jack”

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Philip Waggoner, Jr. “Jack”

Age 87, of Birch River, WV died Monday June 18, 2012 at Braxton Health Care Center.

Born July 05, 1924 in Spring Hill, WV, he was the son of the late Philip and Nora Queen Waggoner.

He was a member of the Birch River Baptist Church and a World War II Veteran.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl George Waggoner, sister, Betty Waggoner Frame, brothers, Keith, Connie, Evan and Tom Waggoner.

He is survived by brothers, Barren “Dell” Waggoner and wife Phyllis, and Karl “Bill” Waggoner and wife Mickey all of Birch River, WV.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday June 23, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to service time at the funeral home.

Family requests that donations be made to: Braxton Health Care Center 200 Days Dr. Sutton, WV 26601.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Waggoner Family.

Nancy Ann Posey

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Nancy Ann Posey

Age 55, of Tanner, WV passed away June 16, 2012 at United Hospital Center at Bridgeport WV.

She was born in New York, a daughter of the late Chester Wallace Thompson and Christine Politer Thompson.

Surviving are a son, John R. Posey of Tanner, WV and a daughter, Joanie Riffle of Orlando, WV; 2 sisters, Christine Lowers of Newburg, NY and Shirley Thompson of Big Otter, WV; 3 grandchildren, Brianna Riffle, Torrie Riffle and Morgan L. Riffle.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by twin daughters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 19, 2012 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Interment was in the Burnsville I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Charles Henry “Chuck” Brosey

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Charles Henry “Chuck” Brosey

Age 82 of Crystal Lake, West Union, WV departed this life on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on June 24, 1929 in West Mifflin, PA a son of the late William and Margaret Davis Brosey.

He is survived by his wife Madeline Bennett Brosey.

Also surviving is one daughter, Betsy Gibbons and husband Jim, Colorado Springs, CO, one grandson, Matthew Bixler and wife Dawn, Scottdale, PA, two great grandchildren, Austin and Zachary Bixler, one brother, George Brosey, McKeesport, PA.

One daughter, Peggy Lawrence precedes him in death.

Mr. Brosey was owner and operator of Pittsburgh Maytag Appliance Repair for 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII and Korean Conflict.

Private graveside services will be conducted in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union with Pastor David McCauley presiding.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Brosey family

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